Kenyan in and around Cape Town

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Nikita 100 [04 of 4]

I recently published my 100th image on my ‘Nikita Chronicles’ album and for the rest of this week I will blog my 16 favourite images from that album; Thanks to all yea who have inspired me thus far and continue to do so through your comments, criticism, models etc 1 love! this is the 3rd of 4 posts:

[13] All I need is 1 mic… 1 mic
Cape Town Jazz Festival,
Green Market square

[14] This train is bound for glory
Ysterplaat Air base,
Opposite Ratanga Junction

[15] Rolling landscape
Western Cape

[16] yellow yellows
Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men or animals. Some seem to smile; some have a sad expression; some are pensive and diffident; others again are plain, honest and upright. Its as though flowers have a soul! Sometimes I imagine flowers smelling us back while we enjoy their fragrance …

Company Gardens,
Cape Town


Nikita 100 [03 of 4]

I recently published my 100th image on my ‘Nikita Chronicles’ album and for the rest of this week I will blog my 16 favourite images from that album; Thanks to all yea who have inspired me thus far and continue to do so through your comments, criticism, models etc 1 love! this is the 3rd of 4 posts:

[09] Nyama! Nyamaa! Nyamaaa!
One day mankind will look back in horror at the carnivorous and murderous habits of its predecessors. The eating of animals and other living creatures will seem as barbaric and disgusting to future man as the eating of human meat now seems to the average person. Animal-eating is only one step below cannibalism. But thanks to ya’ll Bougain Villas animal-eaters for a wonderful evening!!

“NYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMA !!!! My taste buds are crying-out-loud hehehe !!!” jenny

[10] I gotta get a truck
Sometimes my wife and I just drive around looking for interesting subjects to photograph. Yesterday we came across this abandoned truck that read ‘photograph me’ all over it Someday I hope to live on a farm and drive down dusty roads carrying our harvest on one such track …

The photos are great, but the track looks terrible… Wes

[11] Shut your beak
I came across these two birds fighting (I assume …I really donno what birds do in this position) and instinctively took out my AK47 and shot what seemed like a ‘beaten to submission’ position … well more like “stay put and “SHUT UR BEAK!!” position (Like Arsenal ….

“I told you what I would do if you mentioned that Royal Wedding once more”!!!! great picture. Expression

[12] A little wine

Elseba Onyango-Oballah: hii ni?
Ans: yu know how yu set up for dinner, candles, wine … and the candle lights u the bottle in a magical way … thts wat u see here

Nikita 100 [02 of 4]

I recently published my 100th image on my ‘Nikita Chronicles’ album and for the rest of this week I will blog my 16 favourite images from that album; Thanks to all yea who have inspired me thus far and continue to do so through your comments, criticism, models etc 1 love! this is the 2nd of 4 posts:

[05]Naked and Unashamed
At creation, Adam and Eve “were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.” Before their sin, Like little kids, they made no connection between nudity and sexuality. However, because of their transgression they became aware of their own nakedness. Their sin and sense of shame caused them to think differently about their bodies.

Little Children
Wilderness Beach, Western Cape

“Aaaawww…cute! Such innocence…..makes me want mine back” kbaab
“sweeeeeeet kids! at wilderness beach..” Wangeci Gathua
Roger Gachago, Jackie Pepeno and Jean Githaiga like this.

[06] Higher Learning
If you ever studied at the University of Cape Town, Jammie steps were your everyday exercise. 100 or so steps everyday to get to class in pursuit of a higher education (And all the health freaks said “Oo yeaaah!!”) Seeing all these students … future architects, engineers, artists, politicians, fraudsters, hackers etc … carrying bag-loads of books going up makes for a scene pregnant with potential (and all the latest trends in fashion). Everyone wants to study here, and esp lots of Kenyans do their Masters and PHDs here …

Any journey starts with a small step in the right direction…For those in UCT, the library couldn’t have been placed at a better position. Keep stepping!!! da gud doc.

[07] Someday when am 90 (part 2)
… then again sometimes you don’t want to grow old. You want to be the boy in the lake

Sedgefield- Garden route

“I like the posts, simple yet captivating with a story to tell. keep up the good work dude!” Kerrix

[08] The Cobra at sunset
Ratanga Junction: More than 30 attractions including 24 rides ranging from kiddie rides to family rides and thrill rides for the more intrepid adventurers. One of the most challenging of the rides is The Cobra, a suspended looping coaster which catapults riders from a height of 34m along 910m of track at up to four times the force of gravity and speeds of close to 100km per hour. Adding to the thrill of the ride is the suspension of riders beneath the track, feet flying free. This ride is not for the faint-hearted (like me) … but I can take pictures of it

The Cobra,
Ratanga Junction

“Awesome shot man. I would ride that thing first then shoot it down #teamAdrenalinerush”

Nikita 100 [01 of 4]

I recently published my 100th image on my ‘Nikita Chronicles’ album and for the rest of this week I will blog my 16 favourite images from that album; Thanks to all yea who have inspired me thus far and continue to do so through your comments, criticism, models etc 1 love!

[01] Someday when am 90
My wife and I have had so many great moments this past few months looking for places to photograph, enjoying sunsets and sometimes just enjoying God’s wonderful creation. I had one such moment on sabbath in Sedgefield watching this lake, and it occurred to me that I’m an old-fashioned guy… someday when am 90, I want to be sitting on a porch, rocking chair, big cup of tea in hand, my wife knitting sweaters beside me looking at some lake … … somewhat like the old man in Legends of the Fall … thinking to myself “honey we made it! we grew old together”

Swartvlei, Sedgefield,
Garden route

[02] Wilderness beach
Off the route 62 on the wine route is the small seaside town of Wilderness or Wildernis in afrikaans. Wilderness is renowned for it tranquil sea and beaches which stretch on forever, and has become an Internationally sought after holiday resort. Wilderness is also surrounded by many rivers and natural lakes and lagoons. This makes it a great spot for water sport enthusiasts, who flock there regularly! definitely going back there … awesome for honeymooners for all yeah looking for honeymoon destinations …naked and unashamed was taken here.

Wilderness beach,

[03] A bird in hand …
Growing up we ‘hunted’ pigeons for fun. My neighbor was sick one Sunday and so could not come with us. So after a succesful hunt we did the honorable thing; we packed a ‘dush’ drumstick in a matchbox for him (after roasting the rest of the bird of cos)! Company gardens would have been like heaven for us … pigeons feed off the palm of your hand. Back then I shot with a ‘feya’ (slingshot), now I shoot with a Camera

Company gardens,
Cape Town CBD

‘what a wonderful picture….’Judy Muigai
‘With this, my friend, you just killed it! Love the blog posting even more. Keep up!’ Mutahi Chiira

[04]Here ends another day
“Here ends another day, during which I have had eyes, ears, hands and the great world around me. Tomorrow begins another day. Why am I allowed two?”
Ahhhh Bliss, this is beautiful. I will be dusting off my lens and trying to give you compe….Judy Muigai

‘Wow, very nice…I love the warmth, clarity of the silhouettes and composition. In other words, the photo came out really well!! and I second Mutua on that excursion vibe ;-)’ Njeri Gakuo

Education gone Burst!!

University of Cape Town
At the Foot of Table Mountain/ Devils peak

This reminds me of my University days, on a Friday afternoon after a presentation that didn’t go so well which usually meant more hours in that studio with Fawaz’s old radio and Munya’s rumblings. I sometimes wished the University could go BURST!!! Othertimes I felt like everything was closing in on me!!

Bokaap Ruin

The remains of human-made architecture: structures that were once complete, as time went by, have fallen into a state of partial or complete disrepair, due to lack of maintenance or deliberate acts of destruction. I took this pictures in Bokaap, Cape Town, formerly known as the Malay Quarter. It is quintessentially a Township, situated on the slopes of Signal Hill above the city centre and is an historical centre of Cape Malay culture in Cape Town

The Bokaap ruin,
Cape Town

The door to nowhere: When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us

Back in the day people actually talked to their neighbours next door or across the street. What changed?!! Does the gal next still exist?! And do people still borrow tomatoes, salt and onions? DO we even know who our neighbors are?!

How much time and money we spend on material possessions … houses that cannot stand the test of time, which in time fall into a state of ruin but have no time or money for family and friends?!

The birth of a Star [Wambui Maina]

Wambui (Christine) Maina is a Kenyan girl studying music at the SA college of Music, UCT. Her interim recital the other night was proffesional, very well arranged and proudly Kenyan. Well done Christine. We are all proud of you and looking forward to your next recital and hopeful we can plan a Kenyan “blankets and wine” right here in the mother city!

Vocal and African Instruments: Interim Recital
SA College of music; University of Cape Town

Wambui doing a rendition of ‘Mpenzi‘ and ‘cha upele‘ by Safari Sound Band.The rendition included the alto, Soprano and bass marimbas as accompanying instruments!

Here playing ‘Sengenya‘ on the Chivoti from the Digo community found at the coast of Kenya. She played all 4 movements of the Sengenya dance; yandaro, mserego, ngoma tano and changanya.

Wambui trying to explain the meaning of ‘Mpenzi‘ and ‘cha upele‘ to the white audience. Apperently, ‘cha upele mpenzi’ tranlates “My rushed love” … am investigating 🙂

Mwenyenyo… twist … This is a nice way to earn marks! And yu get people to help you!
Alibulali Themba Liyadanisa (Xhosa, South Africa)
Uhadi (Musical Bow)
‘Nyamaropa” (Shona, Zimbabwe)
Mbira (Lamellophone)- perfomed by 2 mbira players. Wambui here showing off her mastering of the basic technique of mbira playing


kwa nini mimi niwache rhumba …
Mabumbumbu Dance
Thanks and acknowledgements!
Well done Christine!!

Kakapo Shipwreck of 1900

The Kakapo left Cape Town for Sydney on a misty night.Captain Nicolaysen saw Chapman’s Peak and thought it was Cape Point. Thinking he had rounded the point, the Captain turned his ship to port (left), and headed straight for Noordhoek Beach. It came as a terrible surprise when, with the help of a strong tail wind and furnaces at full steam ahead, he hit the beach and wedged the Kakapo high and dry onto the soft sand. As day dawned, all twenty crewmen were able to disembark without even getting their feet wet. Capt. Nicholayson was so embarrassed at having beached this brand new steamship on its maiden voyage from Britain to Australia that he refused to get off or answer any questions.

Kakapo Shipwreck
Nordhoek beach

Kakapo Shipwreck
Nordhoek beach

Kakapo Shipwreck
Nordhoek beach

The mother city

Cape Town is called the “Mother City” due to the highly expressive vocabulary of the local dialect (in which the words “your mother” features regularly) and also that it takes 9 months to do anything in this sleepy hollow. This is according to the tongue-in-cheek website,

Cape Town City Center

Triple towers,
Cape Town

The land dispossession of black South Africans

The Land Act of 1913 formalised the land dispossession of black South Africans. It limited African land ownership to ‘native reserves’, with communal land tenure administered by traditional leaders. Other laws prevented Africans from owning land in white farming areas and prevented white farmers from leasing land to black tenants and share croppers* … almost 100yrs later … has anything really changed on the ground for the black South African?!

Beautiful farm,
Durbanville, South Africa

I hope one day this will read “The Land Act of 2013 formalised the land dispossession of white ‘South Africans’ … Other laws prevented Europeans from owning land in farming areas and prevented African farmers from leasing land to European tenants and share croppers
Nb: Africans by colonization doesn’t count
*Government programmes and policies/Land Reform